The center of the island is a densely forested and mountainous region, which includes Kawaikini Peak, 5,170 feet tall, and Mount Waialeale, just under 5,080 feet. Mount Waialeale averages 488 inches of rain a year, and is considered the rainiest spot on earth.
Kauai has public transportation in the form of bus and paratransit services. There are also rental cars available, taxis, tour buses and limousines. The main airport, Lihue Airport is located 1.5 miles east of the city of Lihue, on the southeast coast of the island. The smaller Port Allen Airport is one mile southwest of the town on Hanapepe on the south shore of Kauai.